Jill Tolles has lived, learned and worked in Nevada for over 20 years and proudly calls the Silver State her home. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Communication.
In 1998 she married her husband, Par Tolles, and began working for a Fortune 200 company as the Regional Manager of Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe. She worked with hundreds of small business owners to find payroll and human resource solutions which gave her unique insight into our local economy, our job creators, and the challenges they face.
In 2001, Jill and Par welcomed their first child and she began her master’s degree program at the University of Nevada, Reno. By 2005, she began teaching at TMCC and soon after at UNR where she has taught Communication Studies for the past 10 years.
In 2013, she also joined the faculty of the National Judicial College. Jill instructs students and judges to think critically, ask questions, listen, resolve conflict and collaborate to find solutions to challenging problems. This led her to open her own small business leading trainings and consulting with companies and individuals on effective communication strategies.
Throughout her life Jill has been passionately engaged in giving back to her community and serving others. She has been actively involved in ministry and volunteering through church and numerous organizations. Over the years she has served as a leader, speaker, facilitator, mentor, and volunteer to a broad variety of populations.
Jill has also become an outspoken and staunch advocate for the safety of one of our most vulnerable populations, our children. She served on the Task Force for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, established by the 2013 legislature, and developed and lobbied for the successful passage of SB394 which established statewide curriculum standards to teach personal safety to children. SB 394 passed unanimously out of both houses and was signed into law by Governor Sandoval during the 2015 legislative session.
Jill is passionate about high quality education to ensure a sound economic and socially stable future in Nevada. Her advocacy is evidenced by her work as a member of the St. Albert’s School Board and various organizations aimed at improving the state of public education in Nevada. Jill has advocated as a citizen for high quality education at the legislature since 2011. She is proud of the reforms passed during the 2015 session and hopes to participate in the 2017 session to continue those efforts.
Jill and her husband, Par, have been joyfully married for 18 years. They are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters, ages 12 and 14. Jill loves to spend time with her family, run, hike, and fly fish.